With both teams coming off losses last week, Atlanta to the Bucs and Arizona to the Saints (all but nullifying the Cards’ hope for postseason play, which was ultimately ended by Minnesota on Monday night), what, you might ask, is worth playing for?
First of all, Arizona has a shot at ending their season 8-8, which would be “a good thing” (a la Martha Stewart) for first year coach Ken Whisenhunt. Secondly, the fans are going to want to show Pro Bowl selection Larry Fitzgerald their appreciation for his sensational year.
For the Falcons, I honestly have no idea. Perhaps with Bobby Petrino’s immature departure, they might want to just get out there and play ball and try to end the season with some semblance of a high note. Or, they might have their eye on a particular draft pick (but I seriously doubt a game would be thrown for that specific purpose…just ask Miami.)
Either way, “the show must go on.”
The Cardinals do lead the all-time series 13-10; however, the Falcons have won the last 4.
Roddy White, along with 3 other Falcons, was fined for displaying his “Free Vick” t-shirt last week; hopefully, this week won’t be a repeat of that, er, embarrassing and unnecessary moment. Furthermore, White needs just one little yard to earn his first 1,000 yd. season.
The key matchup will undoubtedly be Fitzgerald vs. CB DeAngelo Hall, who has been a force to be reckoned with by WRs this season.
I will be at the game (thanks to the smokin’ deal I got on eBay for tickets) and will, hopefully, be able to offer some interesting insider information upon my return.
By the way, did you all catch the Home Depot Neighborhood profile of Kurt Warner (which I blogged about earlier this month) on NFL Network Tuesday night? Talk about a fabulous role model and family man (and he’s quite the cutie as well!) To vote for Kurt, click here.
Until then, Happy, Safe, and Healthy Holidays everyone and Go Cardinals!!
(Pro Bowl hands.)
(Warner getting a little hot under the collar in Tampa Bay)